Beginners Guide To Order Flow PART 4: Platform, Data, Instruments

In this last part of the Beginners Guide to Order Flow series I will show you how to get the trading platform running, how to get high quality data and what trading instruments are best to trade with Order Flow.


Order Flow relies on good data. The best you can do is use Futures data in your analysis. The reason is that Futures is centralized (opposed to Forex which is decentralized). Centralized data means that everybody on the planet gets the same data.

NinjaTrader 8 (NT8) platform

My Order Flow software was developed for NinjaTrader 8 trading/analysis platform. This platform is completely free. You can use the trial/free version indefinitely. It will work 100% and it includes all the functions you will need.

There is also a paid NT8 version but you don’t need that!

I have been using the free platform in trial mode for years. The way I do it is that I do my analysis using advanced indicators (Volume Profile, VWAP, Order Flow) in NinjaTrader 8 platform, and then I place the trades in my brokers platform (not in NinjaTrader 8). I advise you do it the same way. This way you will be using a fantastic and free charting platform (NT8), and trade with your current broker (or with our recommended broker).

You can download the NinjaTrader 8 free platform here: NinjaTrader 8 trading platform download

How to get good NinjaTrader 8 data?

There are three ways how you can get good quality data into NT8:

  1. Purchase it: There are several data-feed packages you can purchase. For me, the best way has always been to email NinjaTrader support, tell them what instruments I wanted and then they gave me a quote for the data-feed. Their support is fast to respond and also really helpful. Their email is here:
  2. Use different emails to get free unlimited data: When you first apply for the NT8 platform, you will get free Forex or Futures data for 14-30 days. Then the data-feed expires and you will need to pay for it. What you can do is simply create a new email and apply for the NT8 trial again. This does not take too much time (a few minutes every month or so) and you will save some money. You can apply for the free data again and again here: Free NinjaTrader 8 data. I made a video on how to do this (it is an older video on NT7 platform, but it works the same with NT8):

3. Fund a $400 account with NT broker. You don’t need to use this account for trading. Just fund it with $400 and you will get free data-feed. I think this is the easiest and cheapest solution. Here is a link to do it: Open NinjaTrader 8 Account here

*There is a condition that you need to place at least one trade per month, so you may just open and close the smallest possible trade every month to meet this condition.

4. NEW WAY: Create an account with FXCM broker (demo) and then use the username and password in NinjaTrader to connect to their data feed. This will give you FREE and UNLIMITED forex data! Here is the link to create an account: FREE UNLIMITED FXCM DATA

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What to trade with Order Flow?

Order Flow is best used for day trading. I use it mostly for currency futures. The way I do it is that I do my analysis in NinjaTrader 8 with currency futures, and then I execute the trades with my Forex broker on Forex.

This way, every level I have on futures needs to be transferred to Forex. It is pretty easy. I show how to do it in my Video Course which is included in the Elite Pack and in the Order Flow Pack.

You can use Order Flow to day trade almost any trading instrument. The most popular markets are:

  • Currency futures
  • Indices (S&P 500, Nasdaq, Dow Jones, DAX,…
  • Oil, Metals (Gold,…)
  • Stocks

Trading Forex with Order Flow is also possible (at least with my software), but some functions of the Order Flow won’t work. The reason for this is that Forex data-feed won’t give you Bid x Ask data, but only Volume data (sum of  Bid + Ask). That’s why I prefer to do my analysis using currency futures.

Where to get Order Flow?

You can get my custom made Order Flow here:

TD Order Flow Software & Training – Click Here

The Order Flow Package includes Lifetime Access To:

  • Order Flow software
  • Order Flow Video Course (12 hours long)
  • Volume Profile Pack

Additionally, you can get our proprietary Order Flow software as a standalone product via the Order Flow page I’ve linked to above.

Happy trading!


9 thoughts on “Beginners Guide To Order Flow PART 4: Platform, Data, Instruments”

  1. Thanks indeed, hope to provide a downloaded version in PDF format. It will give more chance to study away from laptop.

  2. I find the PDF as downloaded user guide, thanks indeed. As usual I find what I dream under your site, really it is wonderful efforts to simplify the webpages to work as friendly as possible with users.

    1. I’m glad you found it in the meanwhile mr. Hesham, although I just sent you one on email before few seconds. 🙂
      It’s great to hear you are happy with it. Cheers!

  3. Hi Dale
    Great resources thanks.
    I trade tops and bottoms intraday looking at momentum shifts in EurUsd mainly and want to try and tighten up my methodology.
    Which do you recommend: Volume Profile, VWAP or Order Flow as best starting point for my approach?
    If it is all three then could you prioritise?


  4. Hi, Dale! Could you explain if it is still possible to make proper analysis on futures and then apply it on forex chart if futures chart is always delayed for at least 10 minutes?

    1. Trader Dale

      futures data should not be delayed. You can do proper analysis with delayed data no problem – but only when it comes to determining S/R level. If you want to trade the level and use Order Flow, then obviously delayed data is no good.

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